Destination: Marfa, then Big Bend
Mileage: ~98 miles
Time: ~2 hours
Temperature: 60/95F (Low/High)
*Prepare for wind. This is not an understatement.*
How could I possibly describe Marfa and Big Bend together? They were two completely contrast places. One had electrical outlets and Wi-Fi at the palm of your hand, the other had Mexican Black Bears and mountain lions. Well, I guess I can start off with the morning in Marfa.
Morning in Marfa means…
- Free coffee in the lobby of El Cosmico, stock up your body.
- Electrical outlets and Wi-Fi. So, Instagram and charge all of your shit.
- Taking a shower. Maybe do this first before coffee or whatever, it’s your life.
- Packing up and timing yourself. We started timing ourselves breaking down and setting up our tent to see our progress. Camping makes you do crazy things like time yourself setting up a tent. It took us 10 minutes to break down on this day.
- Having breakfast at Squeeze Marfa. Every out-of-towner will be there as well.
- Going to the Chinati Foundation. If you have the time, do the tour because without the tour…you don’t get to see much. My favorite was the camera obscura though, it was at the Marfa Ice Plant. The installation was called 100 North Nevill Street. It was REALLY COOL. Art can be cool.
Afternoon in Big Bend means…
- Paying an entrance fee at the front of the entrance and driving to Chisos Basin Campground and paying a campsite fee.
- Discovering that your neighbor is a classical guitarist.
- Finding another Prius, finally!!! And of course he brought his bike.
- Chatting with Reggie, our National Park ranger, who definitely told us to take out our camera phone if we saw a bear. My homie.
- Cooking curry for dinner because that’s glamp.
- Hiking the Non-GMO Window Trail to “The Window” and guessing how far the drop-off could be. PRO Tip: It took us less than 2 hours and we suggest going at around 6:30pm if you don’t want the sun to hit you.
- PRO PRO Tip: Have a cold beer and/or chocolate waiting for you back at your campsite. After a hike, it’s the best reward.
- Preparing (but not enough) for a night in Big Bend Chisos Basin Campground.